Vin Diesel, the costar most closely identified with Walker, has paid tribute both online and in person. On his highly active Facebook page, Diesel writes a note to Walker, addressing him both by a nickname and by the name of his Fast & Furious character:
"To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die."
Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now... and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us... on me...
I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were... on and off screen.
Guess what '80s TV show is getting a remake now? It's The Fall Guy! THR is reporting that, after years languishing in some stage of development or another, the ABC show — which ran from 1981 to 1986, and starred Lee Majors as a badass stuntman/bounty hunter — is very much back on, with producers Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Studios planning on shopping the project to foreign buyers at this week's Toronto Film Festival. The script comes from the guys who did Thor and X-Men: First Class, Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller; old mononym'd friend McG will be directing. And, only appropriately, it'll be our new paragon of masculine brawn, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, stepping in for Majors.
Sick of steroids scandals in sports? Well, welcome to the next chapter: steroids scandals in Hollywood! Doing the work of kings, THR finally delves into the issue of actors pumping HGH — what is apparently "the new worst-kept secret in showbiz, the 'no duh' cousin of Botox and Restylane."
OK: first, some facts. Costs of HGH can go up to $3,000 per month, which seems like a piddling sum for the up-and-comer trying to get ahead, abs first. (Also: "Taken along with steroids [$50 to $150 per month], to help build muscle, the results can be startling.") And it's easy to get. According to Hollywood trainer Happy Hill, "You can walk into any old-school gym like Gold's in Venice Beach and get a hookup." (Presumably, of course, you get your peons to do that part for you.) Oh, also, good news! According to USC professor Todd Schroeder, "If it's for a short period of time, if they're doing it two or three months to help them get to a certain point, then it's fairly safe." And, finally, the hard stats (that come to us directly from a grown man named Happy): "Hill estimates that some 20 percent of actors use PEDs to bulk up and define."
As you may already know, unfairly handsome Hollywood actors are disgustingly, insanely, dirty-stinking-filthy rich. Still, though, you have questions: Which unfairly handsome Hollywood actors? And how disgustingly, insanely, dirty-stinking-filthy rich? Thanks to the good people at Forbes, we've got answers!
The magazine went ahead and crunched the numbers, putting together a top 10 of dudes — and, yes, troublingly, they are all men — who've collected the most American currency over the last 12 months. And your top dog is … Robert Downey Jr.! Tony Stark continues his amazing career-arc reversal, from über-talented what-could-have-been-a-cautionary-tale to dude-with-enough-money-to-fund-the-building-of-skyscrapers-that-look-like-spaceships-in-Dubai. That he's done it all while maintaining that baseline rakish charm is all the more commendable. When a guy makes $75 million — $75 million — in one year, there's supposed to be backlash. But in 2013, we're all just grateful RDJ is around to make our blockbusters watchable. Bless you, Robert. And for your efforts, I will now PayPal you an additional $17. In the words of Mr. Ciara, you deserve it.
On Thursday, JoBlo.com directed our attention to wrestling site WWE Examiner, which earlier this month unearthed a little rumor about The Rock and the newly confirmed Terminator 5. Word is, The Rock will be missing WrestleMania 30 next April in order to shoot his role on the project, an element of which might be tailored specifically for The People's Champion. We also get a bit of plot speculation.
Here's a big, juicy, vein-rippling surprise for you: THR reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger has sold a series to Showtime. About bodybuilding. That he himself would costar on. Interesting!
According to THR, Pump — an hourlong drama set in 1970s Venice Beach — "traces the origin of the present-day fitness industry and culture of body worship to a single 1,000-square-foot concrete room on Pacific Avenue: a gym called Pump." The origins of the project, however, trace back to Michael Konyves, the writer of 2010 Paul Giamatti indie Barney's Version and upcoming period-action Clive Owen/Morgan Freeman joint The Last Knights. Konyves pitched Pump to producer Eric Tannenbaum, who responded thus: "We loved it, but I said the only way you can really tell this story is if we can get Arnold involved … The birth of the fitness/bodybuilding revolution can literally be traced back to the days when Arnold arrived in the U.S." Shout-out to Eric Tannebaum for having the chutzpah to see if Arnie would be down to do TV. Shout-out to Eric Tannebaum for using the word "literally" correctly.
Like everyone else on the Internet, Wesley and Alex wanted Michael Bay's Pain & Gain — his first film without Decepticons in a while — to be amazing. And it's amazing. But is it good? Is it funny? What does Michael Bay want from us? What does Michael Bay want from Michael Bay? And is there a Chekhov rule about introducing a warehouse full of sex toys in the first act? All this plus a defense of The Island! Get pumped.
The Rock Had a Tough Childhood: "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has a reputation for being the ultimate showman, playing badass tough guys in movies like G.I. Joe Retaliation and The Scorpion King, and winning over WWE wrestling fans with his charisma, sarcasm and million-dollar smile. But behind his confident facade, it turns out the 41-year-old actor has been hiding the truth about his heartbreaking past — one in which he's had to overcome the pain of an alcoholic, unfaithful father and his run-in with the law." I love The Rock so much. "Dewey had a really hard time as a child growing up because he never saw his dad," according to Luan Crable, who had a "25-year-long romantic affair with Dwayne's father, former pro wrestler Rocky Johnson." Oh, my god, his father was a wrestler??? "Rocky was on the road 12 out of every 14 days" and "Dwayne must have worshipped his father, having followed Rocky into pro wrestling after a severe back injury ended his early football career." Man, this is Shakespearean.
Has Dwayne Johnson been looking particularly extraterrestrial these days? Bulking up for Pain & Gain, he appears to have gone beyond your basic creatine-aided swelling and passed into some kind of advanced, superior non-human realm. But, sadly, we now have proof The Rock is indeed human. I mean, do superior advanced aliens get hernia surgery?
The Miami Heat's epic winning streak may have ended, but the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles are the NCAA tournament's Cinderella story and Spring Breakers is a surprise hit. Here are five more reasons why Florida is the nation's current cultural capital.
1. Electronic Dance Music & Trap Rap
The EDM bubble has yet to burst (or um, drop), and while we may look back at this era one day with all the head-shaking fondness now reserved for hair metal, right now is a good time to be an arena rave DJ or electronic musician in Florida. Particularly this month, when the annual Winter Music Conference is held in Miami in tandem with the electrocentric Ultra Music Festival. Diplo, who set out to be a world-famous DJ like Paul Oakenfold as a goof and ended up succeeding, also as a goof (Paul Jokenfold), titled his debut full-length album Florida in homage to the state he spent some years growing up in. Also inescapable: Carol City native Rick Ross's lumbering trap rap, heard blasting in bottle service clubs and out of hulking cars, most recently encouraging you to slip Molly in your date's drink and date-rape her.
Did you think a second G.I. Joe movie was a good idea? It wasn't simply that the first one — taken from action figures and an after-school cartoon series — was nap-inducing (although, at least in my seat, naps were had). G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra starred Marlon Wayans and Channing Tatum, cost $175 million to make, and was kind of the Huey Lewis and the News of hit blockbusters. It made more than $302 million globally, and yet it was hard to find anyone happy they stayed for the whole thing.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation was supposed to happen last summer but was pushed back until today. The stated reason was a lot of blah-blah-blah about an unfinished 3-D conversion. But it's likely someone at Paramount noticed that in the three years since The Rise of Cobra, Tatum has turned from a pile of wood into a piece of popular furniture: He's the star equivalent of IKEA's Expedit bookshelf — basic, reliable, almost everywhere, and assembly still required.
The Germans probably have a word for that feeling you experience when something you believed to be perfect is proven imperfect by the subsequent revelation of a seemingly more-perfect thing. Anyway: Whatever that word is, you're about to be crushed by it, because a red-band trailer for Pain and Gain has arrived, and it has obliterated the now-tainted memory of the mere appetizer Michael Bay served us back in December. (Remember how excited we all got? Seems silly now.)
There's a moment in Snitch that, if the world were different, you'd probably miss. But given all the talking we've been doing about guns, it stands out. Dwayne Johnson stands in the middle of an ammo shop. The camera spins around him the way cameras do when they want to convey a sense of being overwhelmed. You don't see him purchase the shotguns he uses a few scenes later in a tense road-chase sequence. But you sense the magnitude of what he's about to do rising up around him, that he's waist-deep in stress.